You know me, I’m more of a lover than a hater. I’m all about the constructive criticism, man! And since I’ve been busy playing Allods Online the last couple of days, I thought I’d write down some thoughts about what could make the game really great. It is a good game, the writing and the setting have me transfixed! But it could be better, by just improving a few things.
Let’s see, here’s what I’d like to see improved before the game goes from “fake beta” to “launched game”.
Fix the chat interface. Right now it’s hideously clumsy, lacking features like player created chat tabs or custom channels. Just a couple of simple tweaks to bring it up to modern MMO standards. Also, please let us block out shouts. I know you have to use megaphones for it, just like in other F2P-games, but that should be the shouter’s problem – not mine.
Fix a bunch of annoying quests. One of the most annoying quests I’ve encountered so far was Late For Work!, in which I was supposed to pick up three crates of wine for a guard. The only problem was that only three crates spawned, usually right after an enemy spawned two feet away. It was camping galore. You might want to track quests like those before someone rage quits after their umpteenth crate is stolen by a summoner.
Add a quest item tab to the bag, Age of Conan-style. I know you want to sell us bigger bags through the item store, but be nice! Usually a lot of quests point to the same mobs or areas, which is great and all. But the bag has a tendency to fill up really fast, especially when there’s a lot of quest items involved. We got a reagent tab already, a quest item tab would not be too much to ask for would it? It’s 2010, after all!
Fix the darn cash shop. Yes, it’s only been a few days since it was unveiled and yes, most of those days have been during the weekend. I am giving you the benefit of the doubt, I am still playing after all! But stop looking like greedy goblins and make us want to give you money. Be our buddies and sell us cool stuff, everything from vanity items to bag space or things that make travel easier. And don’t even consider that mount with a measly 15% speed increase unless I buy extra food from the item shop. Do you want us to love or hate you?
Now on to one thing I think should stay exactly the same!
Please don’t make leveling faster. It’s good where it is. Fatigue is a pretty odd mechanic, but I haven’t had any trouble with it so far. Don’t bump experience for mob kills, let them stay as low as they are, and don’t increase quest experience either. If all the people complaining about the game being slow leave, Allods will be so much better off. Or I will, at least.
I really like Allods, I do. I think it’s fun, despite the obvious lazy quest for experience grind. But the writing is so good, I can’t believe that the poor devs who obviously put a lot of work into the writing and the world design might get screwed over by the idiots in economics or marketing. If the conspiracy theories mentioned by Keen are correct, I hope the contract between gPotato and Astrum Nival crumbles and someone like Frogster picks up the game. The Runes of Magic cash shop is far from perfect, but it at least makes sense. Also, look at the steady stream of updates that are released for RoM. I think Froster/Runewaker are doing a pretty good job there.
No matter what happens, the future is sure to be interesting for Allods. Will it bomb? Will it soar on the wings of F2P success? Will I ever reach level 10 so I can wear those gloves that dropped off some random mob? Who knows?
But how about you? Anything about Allods you want to fix, or do you just wish that we’d stop talking about it already?